Polly Neace, a former bank teller at U.S. Bank in Northern Kentucky has filed a lawsuit saying that she was fired for telling a customer to "have a blessed day."
Neace was reprimanded in March 2011.
FOX19 reports that in a Code of Ethics violation from U.S. Bank, customers had complained that Neace had told them "Have a blessed day."
The warning also notes that Neace asked a customer if they "took the Lord's name in vain," and proceeded to talk to that customer regarding salvation.
FOX19 legal analyst Mike Allen says "Where you actually go and take a step further and actually perhaps try to convert or persuade someone to your religious beliefs, that's where an employer can step in and take action."
Neace said, "I was upset with the fact that they were stifling me and not allowing me to act on my beliefs."
Neace admitted that she was reprimanded a secont time some months later after a customer said "God bless you" and she responded "Thank you, God bless you too."
Apparently Neace complained about a situation at the bank and joked with a manger that she might as well go back to saying "have a blessed day" and be fired. She was fired the next day.
U.S. Bank said in a statement "At U.S. Bank, we hold our employees to high ethical standards when interacting with customers and co-workers, and take violations of these standards seriously. While we cannot comment provide comment on pending litigation, we believe that this lawsuit is without merit and believe the facts presented in future legal proceedings will justify our actions." [Christianity Today]